The rapper teamed up with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 to premiere the track today.
A few weeks ago, Machine Gun Kelly began filming a video for an unreleased track. Footage and photos surfaced from the set, confirming a previously speculated collab with the blink-182 drummer and YUNGBLUD.
After making its live debut at Bunbury and on his current Hotel Diablo tour, MGK revealed the collab was coming today. He shared his excitement, tweeting, “can’t wait to wake up and know the song i’ve been wanting y’all to hear for the longest is gonna be out … 😬”
can’t wait to wake up and know the song i’ve been wanting y’all to hear for the longest is gonna be out … 😬
— colson (@machinegunkelly) June 6, 2019
MGK chatted with Lowe ahead of the song’s release, explaining he was “scared to even bring [Barker] the song ’cause [he] was like, ‘Maybe he’s gonna think it’s too blink-182.’”
But he explained Barker loved how they put their own twist on it, which ended up coming together more quickly than they all imagined.
“Fun fact about this song is that YUNGBLUD came into my studio 15 minutes before I needed to go to Travis’ house because we had a session planned,” MGK tells Lowe. “I was like, ‘Dude, I have this crazy song idea. I just need you to do something but I don’t have any time. I have to go to Travis’ house. I can’t waste his time. You just gotta get in there and do something.’
“He went in there and freestyled his whole verse and just left my house all within 10 minutes. I called him back 30 minutes later, and I’m like, ‘Dude, Travis Barker’s putting drums on the song right now.”
Kells opened up about how Hotel Diablo is “[the] the album [he] always wanted to put out because there’s actually some fun on it.”
He also touches on how working with YUNGBLUD, portraying Tommy Lee in Mötley Crüe biopic The Dirt and Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington passing away all influenced this cycle. Check out the interview clips below.
"This is the album I always wanted to put out because there's actually some fun on it." @machinegunkelly talks next album and feeding off of @yungblud's energy. https://t.co/uCEYUHqK8d pic.twitter.com/E2tCm7dvse
— Beats 1 (@Beats1) June 6, 2019
Check out the new Machine Gun Kelly, YUNGBLUD and Travis Barker collab, “I Think I’m Okay” here and below.
As for YUNGBLUD and Barker, they’ve both been rather busy themselves with new music. YUNGBLUD dropped “Parents” at the end of last month ahead of a busy summer full of touring, which you can grab tickets for here.
Barker and blink unleashed the first single from their upcoming new album, “Blame It On My Youth,” in early May. The band just announced they’ll be celebrating 20 years of Enema Of The State at Riot Fest and their summer run with Lil Wayne and Neck Deep. Tickets are available here.
More on Machine Gun Kelly
MGK is definitely making good on that promise by dropping the “Hollywood Whore” videosoon after. While we don’t have an exact release date for the album, we do now have the second single, “el diablo,” which dropped today. And the opening line might sound familiar to “Rap Devil” fans.
To rewind, MGK’s “Rap Devil” was a response to Eminem’s diss in “Not Alike.” A few weeks after, it was revealed that Ronny J produced both diss tracks. However, it didn’t end there as he also produced Eminem’s “The Ringer,” which is housed on Kamikaze with “Not Alike.”
Now, given the opening line of “el diablo,” MGK and Ronny J are teaming up yet again. Check out the new song and lyrics below. It’s also available to stream here.
Machine Gun Kelly dates:
06/06 — Washington, D.C. @ Echostage
06/07 — Worcester, MA @ Worcester Palladium
06/08 — New York, NY @ PlayStation Theater
06/09 — Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
06/11 — Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
06/12 — St. Paul, MN @ MYTH Live
06/14 — Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theater at The Midland
06/15 — Dallas, TX @ South Side Ballroom
06/16 — Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
06/18 — Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
06/19 — Anaheim, CA @ City National Grove of Anaheim
06/21 — Heber City, UT @ Bonanza Campout*
06/22 — Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium
06/24 — Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
06/25 — Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
06/26 — Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
06/28 — San Francisco, CA @ The Warfield
06/29 — Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort
06/30 — Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern
08/02 — Butler, OH @ EST Fest*
08/03 — Butler, OH @ EST Fest*
08/09 — TBA
08/11 — TBA
08/13 — TBA
08/16 — Osaka, JP @ Summer Sonic*
08/17 — Tokyo, JP @ Summer Sonic*
08/23 — Leeds, UK @ Leeds Festival*
08/25 — Reading, UK @ Reading Festival*
08/26 — Glasgow, UK @ SWG3
08/27 — Manchester, UK @ O2 Ritz
08/28 — Bristol, UK @ SWX
08/30 — Birmingham, UK @ O2 Institute
08/31 — London, UK @ Electric Ballroom
09/01 — Paris, FR
09/03 — Brussels, BE
09/04 — Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso Grote Zaal
09/05 — Cologne, DE
09/07 — Zurich, CH
09/08 — Milan, IT
09/09 — Prague, CZ @ Forum Karlin
09/11 — Warsaw, PL
09/12 — Berlin, DE
09/13 — Hamburg, DE
09/15 — Copenhagen, DK @ Musikkens Hus, Store Vega
09/16 — Oslo, NO @ Sentrum Scene
09/17 — Stockholm, SE @ Fyrehuset
09/19 — Helsinki, FI
09/21 — St. Petersburg, RU
09/22 — Moscow, RU